Each of our organisations offer pre-booked visits on a range of themes. All the collections can be used to teach across different subjects and topics. Alternatively, you can combine visits to more than one collection.

Schools

Rainbow

We all love rainbows! Here's a quick rainbow painting by Nathan Huxtable that you can try at home. 

 

 

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A painting called Flowers in a Glass Vase by Davidsz de Heem
23 Jul 2020
Free

Listen to the story of Vanessa the Lost Butterfly, inspired by the painting ‘Flowers in a Glass Vase’ by Davidsz de Heem. Written and performed by Nicola Wallis. 

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Butterflies on a bingo card

Take a look out of your window. What can you see? A bird in the tree over the road? A butterfly fluttering past, dancing from flower to flower? Now you can turn your wildlife sightings into points with Open Your Window Bingo!

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Dinosaur feet craft

Make your own dinosaur feet to wear over your shoes. It will be roarsome. 

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Springtime painted by Claude Monet in 1886

Gather some paper and colours to take part in a Springtime colour hunt inspired by Monet's Springtime. 

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A scientist looking at an object

Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about science in Antarctica.

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Frog

Time to hop to it! Follow a video to make your own jumping frog from a square of paper.

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Line drawing of a microscope

Colour in our microscope and find and draw other things in your home which use the science of glass and lenses. 

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An illustration of museum objects from the hidden tales book

Based on the hit adventure book Hidden Tales: Riddle of the White Sphinx, discover plenty of fun things to do while at home and a treasure hunt to look forward to when the museums reopen. 

 

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Dinosaur colouring

Get creative with some colouring and find out which dinosaurs lived in Cambridge

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Dinosaur visors

Too sunny? Make a dinosaur visor to keep you cool.

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Mosque Lamp from Damascus, Egypt or Syria, c. 1355 made from Glass, blown and enamelled

Shine a light on this Islamic mosque lamp from the Fitzwilliam Museum Collections. 

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The Chesterton Lane Hoard (pre-conservation)  Hidden at Chesterton Lane Corner (c. 1350) and found in 2000

Delve in and discover more about this exciting recent archaeological find. This resource will guide you through three activities to Look closely, Think deeper and Do something practical.

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Colourful flowers made out of paper.

Learn about flowers and pollination and create your own super flower.

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Miniature garden

Ever wanted to design your own garden?  Well here’s your chance!  Have a go at this activity and create a miniature paradise for one of your toys.

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Small sign next to wild flowers.

Go on a wildflower wander with a difference – help others to enjoy the natural treasures that so often go unnoticed by creating tiny signs next to them.

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build a bird

To celebrate our new 'Dawn of the Wonderchicken' online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn how you can build a bird.

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black and red fragment of pottery

Learn more about Greek Pottery and use one of our templates to design your own inspired by sherds from our collection.

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Campaign for Empathy written in black on a bright yellow background

A collection of creative activities for families to do at home created by Enni-Kukka Tuomala for Kettle's Yard Open House.

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 A colourful patterned painting called shadow play by artist Bridget Riley.

Have a go at making your own version of Shadow Play by Bridget Riley. 

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box containing free sunflower seeds

Arrange a seed share and spread a little cheer in your neighbourhood.

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The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown
Free

An animated story for younger children, featuring some favourite paintings from the Museum's collection. Follow the adventure of the Red Scarf as it floats through different artworks, meeting different characters along the way.

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The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown
Free

This resource is designed to help you Look, Think, and Do inspired by 'The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown. 

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lear to draw

Fancy more of a challenge than colouring?

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Doodle of an explorer carrying a mini portable desk with straps holding it around his neck

Explorers doodling in diaries! Discover some of the secrets of expedition diaries then have a go at making your own.

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Pebbles at Kettle's Yard

Join in with the Pebble Challenge. Explore artworks, objects and ideas from the Kettle’s Yard Collection to create your own art.

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collage of rainbow in shades of yellow, green, blue and purple

Find out about bee vision and make a special rainbow using the colours bees see. 

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Art to Go logo

Art To Go is a video series from Kettle’s Yard bringing easy, creative workshops for all ages and abilities to your own home.

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Prints created by a young person for their Arts Award

Want to get creative? The Discover Arts Award is a great chance to make art, discover artists who inspire you and to share your artwork with family and friends. 

If you've tried any of the activities from this year's Summer with the Museums line-up, let us know what you think for your chance to win a £50 voucher from Amazon!


 

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5 large flowers made out of paper

Flowers are fantastic!  Not only do they look and smell great but they do one of the most important jobs for plants – flowers make seeds.

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Charles Darwin as an old man, bald with a long white beard

Find out more about scientists through history - use our three posters to start an exhibition and then create your own! 

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Fabric narwhal

Make your own fabric narwhal, and learn a few fun facts about the 'unicorn of the sea'.

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Four Antarctic explorers

Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about clothing in Antarctica.

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Colourful foil in the shape of a horse chestnut leaf

Capture the beauty of leaves by making some dazzling foil art.

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carved totem pole at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Would you like to find out more about the totem pole in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology? Have a go at making your own totem pole based on the story of your family.

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Painting of people playing music on board a ship

Entertainment for explorers! Listen to a 200 year old musical instrument, and have a go at making your own music.

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Image of the 'New Georgia Gazette' expedition newspaper

Producing a newspaper was a polar expedition tradition! Find out more, and make your own report from home.

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Drawing of an explorer next to a sledge

In 1910, Frank Debenham set off on an Antarctic adventure. Explore our collections to help him pack!

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Three origami penguins

Time to form a huddle! Follow our instructions to make a penguin from a square of paper.

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Paper flower bouquet

Learn about the science of petal colour and use real pigments from plants and special flower tricks to paint like a petal.

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Image of plants growing on windowsill

Even if you don’t have a garden you can still grow plenty of plants on your windowsill. 

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Image of child's hand holding a mini flower press made out of cardboard

Find out how to make a mini flower press to start your own collection of pressed flowers.

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Calculator with a pair of eyes with glasses and a moustache at the top, hands at the sides

Colour in our friendly calculator and see how many mathematical things you can find around you. 

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Image of two botanic garden colouring sheets

Grab your felt tips and get busy with these colouring challenges from the Botanic Garden. 

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Image of flowers, leaves and grasses on a tray

Have a go at this simple game to test your memory skills and to get to know different plants. Make it easy or super hard – it’s up to you

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Image of plants woven into cardboard loom

Make a wonderful wild weaving from plants you find in your garden or out on a walk. 

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Captain Scott's men have a Midwinter party in Antarctica

Throw a party! Learn about why 21 June is celebrated in Antarctica, and organise your own party.

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Image of what looks like five mint plants growing pots but they are actually mint chocolate desserts

Trick your friends and family by serving up these tasty desserts that look just like plants growing in soil.

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photograph of the Polar Museum

We're sorry you can't visit us at the moment. With this video and activity pack, you can make your own museum!

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Two fabric humpback whales

Normally found in the krill-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, make your own humpback whale to join your home pod!

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Image of a bingo board showing 10 images of UK wildflowers

After a few rounds of this wildflower bingo game you’ll be pointing out wildflowers and shouting out their names wherever you go. Download now, print and play.

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An introduction to scratch

In this activity, learn more about the fun coding language Scratch create your own a simple chase game.

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Geometric patterns using python turtle

In this tutorial, you will learn how to write code in Python and create fun geometric patterns using the Python Turtle tool

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Beginner's guide to Programming using BBC BASIC: Part 1- variables and loops

Discover the basics of programming using a BBC Microcomputer from 1981.

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"Which hero would you choose" on dark blue background

Ancient heroes came in all shapes and sizes. In this activity you will make your own hero inspired by our collection!

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completed Jurassic sea box

Do you miss seeing our fantastic fossils case at the museum? Create your own version at home, but with living Jurassic sea creatures! 

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Salt dough hanging decorations

Make some salt dough hanging decorations inspired by your favourite museum
objects.  

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Red, blue and green clay pinch pot

Do you miss seeing our amazing pottery at the museum? Create your own version of a pinch
pot at home with air drying clay! All you need is air drying clay and some paints.  

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My Covid-19 Time Capsule

We are all currently living through history right now. Create a time capsule for your future
self to look back on what life was like during these unusual times.  

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Finished product of Roman-inspired honey cake, cut up into squares

Have you got a bit of a sweet tooth? Love baking? Would like to learn? Would like to try something simple, but also a bit different?  

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Finished product of mammoth

This mammoth can shed its coat in an instant, a great way to keep cool this summer! He doesn't look too happy about it though...

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Coloured globe

Colour in our globe and create some worlds of your own! 

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Spider created from natural materials

We challenge you to use the materials around you to create a creature!

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origami moth, origami bat and paper moon

Create your own night-time wildlife mobile using our quick guide and tutorial the videos.

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Colourful paper Burwell windmill

Celebrate Burwell’s famous mill by making your own rainbow windmill.

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Colourful scoops of ice cream

Learn how to make scrummy ice-cream without using a freezer or an ice-cream maker!

 

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Scratch parachute game

In this activity, we take you through creating a Parachute game using Scratch (the fun coding language!).

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How to Create Interactive Stories and Adventure Games Using Twine

 In this tutorial, we show you how to create your own interactive story or adventure game!

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Black background with yellow squares, similar to Tron

Learn how to write code in Python and create a 1982 Tron-like game!

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All saints church

Explore All Saints church using this amazing virtual tour to find five fascinating features.

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Stained Glass at All Saints

Take a closer look at the incredible detail in the stunning stained glass windows at All Saints Church then have a go at creating your own.

 

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Fearsome gargoyle face

Find out about gargoyles and grotesques, then fashion your own fearsome face.

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Drawing of a coat of arms

Investigate some of the coats of arms hiding in our churches then follow a step by step guide to
designing your own.

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Painting of Oliver Cromwell on horseback

Who was Oliver Cromwell? Find out more with these fun activities.

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Roman craft activities

Learn about Roman pottery and how to identify the different types and Roman coins too.

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Komodo island illustration. Showing a bay to the left and mountainous ground to the right

Get up close to Komodo dragons and discover how they could be the key to conserving wild places.

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Anglo Saxons crafts

Make your own fearsome Anglo Saxon helmet and beautiful jewelled brooch.

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Spring with Ely Museum

Learn about flowers and insects with objects and pictures from the Ely Museum collection and make lots of fun bug and flower themed crafts.

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The Fens with Ely Museum

Be inspired by the beautiful Fenland landscape and make your own farming themed crafts. Learn
about traditional farming tools and learn about Fen folklore as you visit the Wise Woman.

 

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Eels with Ely Museum

Make your own eel-inspired crafts, listen to ‘The Eel Fishers‘ song and learn lots of new facts about eels too.

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VE Day with Ely Museum

Learn about rationing and evacuees and have fun making some WW2 inspired crafts.

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Enjoy Bronze Age themed activities and crafts!

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Prehistoric creatures with Ely Museum

Learn all about fossils and enjoy a prehistoric creature themed scavenger hunt & lots of fun activities too!

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Sports Day with Ely Museum

We challenge you to create your own City of Ely Sports Day themed race!

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The old Goal with Ely Museum

Learn more about the history of the gaol and the prisoners that were kept in Ely’s gaol.

 

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Fenland drainage crafts

Learn all about how and why the fens were drained and who opposed the plans too!

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Castles with Ely Museum

Find out more about the castle and have fun with castle-themed crafts.

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Vikings with Ely Museum

Learn all about the Vikings, including Viking runes and nicknames, and how they made beautiful jewellery such as the amazing Aedwen’s brooch.

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Ely's RAF Hospital with Ely Museum

In July 1940, the new RAF Hospital in Ely opened! Celebrating its 80th anniversary, we’ve explored the history of the military hospital and have created some fun hospital themed crafts for you to enjoy.

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Coins with Ely Museum

Learn all about different types of coins including Roman coins, Ely tokens and coins across the world!

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Homemade thaumatrope and kaleidoscope

Moving images are all around us, but they haven't always been. In Victorian times, about 150 years ago, inventors were taking the first steps towards creating moving pictures by making optical illusion toys. 

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Cat finger puppets

Make up your own rhymes and stories with these fun finger puppets.

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salt dough stone age jewellery

Stone age people made jewellery out of bits of bone, tooth, tusks, shells and stones. Find out how to make your own out of salt dough. 

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Paint palette painting of flower

In this fun activity from the Botanic Garden, learn how to make your own plant based paint. 

 

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Mini Museum

Become a curator and make your own mini museum.

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Casts of three Roman busts

In this activity from the Museum of Classical Archaeology, find out to make a family portrait using some tips from the Romans!

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Anatomy of a hare

The natural world is full of different habitats. Find out more about how animals have developed amazing features which have helped them adapt to their environment. 

 

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homemade stained glass roundel

Roundels are small circular windows illustrated with glass paint which can be found in older churches and houses. In this activity, learn how to make your own roundel decoration using everyday items.

 

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Children paddling, Walberswick

In this activity from the Fitzwilliam Museum, discover all sorts of adventure - without leaving home!

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Bridging Binaries logo

In this activity from the Fitzwilliam Museum, make a portrait of someone who is special to you.

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Spherical model made from a cardboard plate

In this activity from Kettle's Yard, learn how to make your own hanging 3D model. 

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Mummified Juvenile Crocodile

This simple craft shows you how to make a crocodile out of a clothes peg, mummification is optional!

 

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University Library Tower

In this activity from the University Library, learn how to make a concertina accordion book.

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leopard model

Have a go at this super-easy craft and make this leopard a new friend.

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Clay scarab beetle

Follow this short tutorial to make your own carved clay scarab beetle.

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Girl decorating paper vase

In this activity from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, find out more about Bronze Age pottery.

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DIY Papyrus Paper

Watch this short film to make your own paper inspired by the Ancient Egyptians.

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Children holding sun catchers

In this activity from the Sedgwick Museum, find out how to make a decorative sun catcher to hang in a window.

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Clay Hunky Punk face

Follow craft film that takes inspiration from a 14th century stone carved grotesque from Tydd St. Giles, Cambridgeshire, that is part of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum collection

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Model of the Museum of Technology

Find out more about Victorian lighting and complete this tricky dot-to-dot puzzle from the Museum of Technology.

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Teachers box

In this activity from the Museum of Cambridge, get some ideas to start your own special collection.

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Wooden goggles from the Polar Museum collection

In this activity from the Polar Museum, get ready for a polar adventure.

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A selection of Victorian thaumatropes

In this activity from the Whipple Museum, learn how to make a spinning optical illusion model.

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Matchbox kitchen

In this activity from Wisbech and Fenland Museum, make a tiny model of your favourite room.

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Collage butterfly

In this activity from the Museum of Zoology, learn more about butterflies and make your own butterfly collage.

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Computer screen showing woman dancing

Discover loads of FREE summer holiday activities in this summer holiday family programme.

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Background: Busts of emperors. Text: The Conquest of Britain, the Romans

Which emperor's statue was thrown into a river in England? Which Roman invaded Britain first? Which emperor loved to sing? Find out in our new activity - all about the Romans who invaded Britain.

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Victorian Jumping Jack dolls featuring a man and a woman

Learn about the history of Jumping Jack toys and make your own.

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Doing some colouring inspired by Look Think Do activities

A huge choice of activities for families to look, think and make in response to incredible artworks and artefacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum. 

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Little boy looking at a glass case of objects

Did you know that Victorians didn’t wash their clothes regularly? Find out more about this and other unusual facts about the Victorians.

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Barbara Hepworth's Minoan Head alongside a soap sculpture

All you need is a view from your window and a bar of soap to make your own Hepworth sculpture.

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Chinese jar and a dragon shadow puppet

Find out more about the significance of the dragon to Chinese people and get making a shadow puppet.

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A countermarked penny by a suffragette and modern messages.

Got something you care about? Take inspiration from the passionate suffragists and suffragettes.

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Make a wreath inspired by the adornment that Hadrian put on this sculpture of Antinous

Here the story of how Emperor Hadrian showed his love for Antinous and make your own wreath for someone you love.

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Bug made from recycled materials

Learn how to turn an everyday milk carton into a cosy home for our creepy-crawly friends. 

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Collage face made from recycled materials

Learn how to create your own self-portrait in collage form. 

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Phalaenopsis orchid

Learn amazing facts about orchids and find out how to make your own paper orchid flower in this special film.

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Selection of everyday objects

Science is everywhere - you just need to know where to look. Find out more in this fact-filled film.

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Insect made from twigs and other recycled materials

Create a sculpture of an animal using materials from inside your home. 

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Image of linocut

Take a tour of the Museum of Technology's historic printing presses then learn how to design your own print.

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Cast of woman's head

Follow the step-by-step instructions in this film and learn how to draw an Ancient Greek temple.

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University Library at sunset (credit: Sir Cam)

Follow the step-by-step instructions in this film and make your own Tiny Tower book.

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Exterior of Museum of Cambridge by Ann Miles

Discover the secrets and hidden stories behind the White Horse Inn, now home to the Museum of Cambridge.

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Picture made from items found in the home

Find a brilliant, arty use for everyday items around your home.

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Painting of a reef using blown water colour paints to create 'tree-like' shapes

Dive into a coral reef and discover how we can bring them back from the brink with this though-provoking craft.

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Graphic of Victorian household objects

Learn more about the lives of Victorians at work and at play. Have a go at making Victorian inspired visual illusion toys.

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Image of a cardboard museum

Make your own museum in a box and learn how to make your own museum labels and plan a tour. 

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Graphic of assorted Ancient Greek items

Learn more about ancient Greece and its heroes and monsters then have a go at designing your own.

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Graphic showing globes and crafts from around the world

Did you know there are 10 other Elys to be found dotted across the world – including two in the United Kingdom? Find out more about each of them below and then have a go at some fun activities inspired by our fellow Elyians.

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Photograph of a shadow puppet monster face

Find out to how to make your own shadow puppet monster using materials from around the home.

 

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Image of antique telescope from the Whipple Museum

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on telescopes and exploration.

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Early photograph of Captain Scott's ship, Terra Nova by Herbert Ponting

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on polar exploration.

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Right hand from statue of Nike of Samothrace

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on the statue of Nike, goddess of victory. 

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